Chris Polo - Muckey Landing Writer/Creator/Director

Casting Call

Remote auditions open until May 14 for one role. Check out our auditions page for all the info! muckeylanding.com/auditions-2/

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Check out Episode 4 — and Our New Doral Coffee Mug!

Episode 4, and a Doral Coffee Mug!

In our latest episode, “Blindfolds, Please,” Doral’s finding out that being the morning deejay at RMUK, the local radio station, isn’t exactly what it was cracked up to be, and Harmon’s in a panic because he just remembered Myrtle Myrkle never gave him the painting she painted of the two of them “in flagrante erecto.” Psycho Bob pops in to see Harmon, and Mabel Sprout stops by with alarming news about Myrtle’s upcoming art show down in Ditchwater. Click here to listen!

Also, we’ve got a new product available for all you Doral-lovers out there — check out this l’il beauty! Our tribute to Muckey Landing’s least-favorite receptionist features her preferred instrument of torture, the telephone. Follow the phone line around back to see what Virgil and Harmon always say after losing yet another verbal skirmish with the Insult Queen. Get yours today!

Doral Coffee Mug

Our tribute to Doral, Muckey Landing’s über-telephone operator

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New Plans, New Episode!

Just after we launched the first two episodes of Muckey Landing last spring, the state of Delaware shut down because of the pandemic. That made it impossible to bring our actors together for the next episodes we’d planned. To keep the show going in challenging circumstances, we postponed those full-length episodes and wrote shorter bonus episodes to tide us over, using fewer actors per scene and recording in individual socially-distanced booths instead of using the large multi-person “recording tent” we started out with. Little did we know that 8 months later, we’d still be coping with the pandemic well into the foreseeable future!

Recently, we made the decision to rearrange and rewrite our full-length episodes so we could produce them in a “pandemically-responsible” way, and Harmon’s Dilemma is the first. It was actually supposed to be the fourth full-length episode of Muckey Landing; it’s now the third, and we’re very happy with how it turned out! Check out the preview below, or go straight to our Episodes + Extras page to listen to the entire episode, or fire up your favorite podcatcher and listen to it there. You might want to go back and give Virgil Gets a Dog and The Late, Late Harmon Truesdale another listen to refresh your memory!

For those of you who were wondering how the Swine Dinner mentioned in The Late, Late Harmon Truesdale turned out, remember that Muckey Landing is under the same restrictions as the rest of Delaware. Virgil and Harmon will attend the Swine Dinner as soon as restrictions are lifted and the dinner is rescheduled. In the meantime, enjoy Harmon’s Dilemma!

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New Episode and a Press Page

I’ve been a bit remiss in updating our website, but finally got with it today. We’ve got a new episode, “Blame It On the Swedes,” posted, featuring Virgil, Harmon and Mitch Pohunk, so yes, somebody besides just Virgil and Harmon! Go to the Episodes and Extras page to listen, and please leave comments!

I polled our cast members recently, and several of them are willing to come in individually to record, which I’ll schedule as soon as I can track down some Lysol to spray down the pop filters on the mics without having to pay a king’s ransom for it. (Can someone please explain how $36 for one can of Lysol is NOT price-gouging?) I’ve also put together a press kit page with a link to Craig Horleman’s terrific State News article from April, the text from the press release I’m getting ready to send out tomorrow, contact info, and downloadable photos. In that vein, to my actors — if you come in for a recording session and don’t see me with my phone in my hand taking pictures of you, shame me mercilessly! Every recording session I get so wrapped up in hearing the script come to life that I forget to take pics, and I really want to do that!

So yes, I mentioned a press release above — we’re going to try to cast our net a little wider and see if we get any nibbles. I’ll keep you posted.

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Muckey Landing in the Age of Coronavirus

So we were able to get out a trailer and 2 full episodes of our brand-new, first-ever Muckey Landing podcast that I spent 3 years writing just before COVID-19 shut down the whole country. That means we can’t bring in our cast to continue recording the 6 full-length episodes that we have waiting to be birthed. However, we’re soldiering on in spite of it all, and we’re seeing some real positive stuff that we truly didn’t expect. First off, Mike, Bruce and I decided last weekend that we’ve already exposed each other to whatever germs and shit we all have, since we live in each others pockets all the time anyway, so why not record a mini-episode to tide us over in the meantime? Secondly, Craig Horleman of the Delaware State News wrote a FANTASTIC article about us that just came out today. Enjoy both below.

Craig’s article in the State News:

ps://delawarestatenews.net/entertainment/muckey-landing-podcast-takes-aim-at-fictional-delaware-town/?fbclid=IwAR0JcSZ-Ts4JgP0sxSNeX79f0D0M4Gopdlg03Q6dFMX3w76VQmoqjgAbFmE

Our 8-minute mini-episode:

Virgil and Harmon attempt to explain safe shopping at the Muckey Landing Market, Diner, Market and Hardware Emporium in the age of coronavirus.

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Episode 2 Now Available!

Episode 2: The Late, Late Harmon Truesdale is now available! We meet traveling salesman (and Harmon’s mortal enemy) Dickie Butz, and Virgil tries to be cheerful and consequently throws the world’s karma completely off its axis.

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Episode 1 Now Available!

Muckey Landing coffee mug

Episode 1: Virgil Gets A Dog, has been completed and uploaded to our website!

For those of you who haven’t been following along, we’re writing, recording and publishing a scripted comedy podcast about the fictional town of Muckey Landing, Delaware. Our first complete episode is now available at MuckeyLanding.com on the Episodes+Extras page, along with the Muckey Landing promotional trailer we posted several weeks back and the full version of Jim Rezac’s Muckey Landing theme song. This is a sneak peek at this point — it’s not available on iTunes, etc. yet (that will happen once we finish Episode 2: The Late, Late Harmon Truesdale, which has been recorded and is in post-production). Just so you know, I’d put a PG-13 on it for language.

Our website is all brand new and shiny, too, so take a look around while you’re here. If you sign up for our mailing list, we’ll let you know as soon as we drop a new episode and tell you about other important Muckey Landing stuff. We’ll also have some Muckey Landing merch available before long — the coffee mug above is an example.

Please, please, PLEASE do some things for us — go listen to our podcast, then share this post, tell all your friends, family, coworkers and random strangers to listen to our podcast, post links to it on your social media accounts, and help us spread the word. And let us know what you think by posting a comment on the Episodes+Extras page — if you post a really nice one, we might post it on our homepage!

To any Delawareans reading this, we’re the same team that brought you Delaware Unleashed way back when — we’re not gonna do that again no matter how many times you ask us, but we ARE doing this, and we think it’s even better. This is the next chapter in our comedic journey, and we’d love to have you on board. So c’mon, Delaware, REPRESENT!

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Take a Sneak Peek at Muckey Landing!

Mike has labored long and hard, and has brought forth our FIRST PROMOTIONAL TRAILER for Muckey Landing! Best of all, it features the fabulous new theme song by Jim Rezac that we CANNOT get out of our heads! Give the Muckey Landing trailer a listen here (NSFW: contains “adult” language), and hear the entire amazing theme song on Jim’s site!

Note: the web host for the current Muckey Landing website doesn’t allow audio (who knew there was such a thing?), so the trailer is on a new site. We’re in the process of moving the Muckey Landing website over there, but it’s not ready for prime time at all, so don’t go poking around expecting anything other than the trailer in there.

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Voice Work Completed for First Two Episodes of Muckey Landing

Our homegrown sound booth has taken over the Polo family room

Hit a milestone: after getting in several recording sessions today, we’ve now completed all voice work for the first two episodes of Season 1, Virgil Gets a Dog and The Late, Late Harmon Truesdale! We’re in awe over the extremely talented actors who have come in to work with us over the last three weeks: Will McVay, Claude Warnick, Dick Pack, Gina Shuck, Charles Keenan, Jeff Bellon, Patti Gatto, Kevin Smith, Austin Topper, the amazing Darin Dell as Virgil’s dog Aloysius, who had us in stitches with an incredible panoply of doggie groans, sighs, barks and whines, and Mike Polo and Bruce Leister, who are carrying the bulk of the show as business partners and best friends Virgil Slatter and Harmon Truesdale. All of these folks are bringing our Muckey Landing characters to life in ways that I never thought possible.

Mike is actually doing triple duty as actor, sound engineer and editor, and what he’s turned out so far is incredible. There’s not a lot yet — it takes a lot of time and effort to produce just a minute or two of audio — but once he tightens things up and adds sound effects, it’s wonderful.

We’re getting very close to being able to produce an audio promo that we’ll post anywhere we can — keep an eye out for it!

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Season 1 Completed

This one is long, but if you make it all the way to the end, there’s a reward.

After laboring mightily, I have finally — FINALLY — birthed the final episode of Season 1 of Muckey Landing. Although this is the last episode I’ve written for the first season, it’s actually going into the show as Episode 3.

This one done kicked my ass. The idea for episode 3, “The Swine Dinner,” as well as the title, was the direct result of one of Roma/Sul Tempo’s terrific monthly wine dinners, which Mike, Bruce and I attended with some friends probably a year or more ago. I’m not sure exactly when I started actually writing the episode, but I know the weather was warm, the trees were green, and the birds were singing. The plot quickly got very complicated, with lots of scenes and new characters, and getting from point A to point B turned out to be unexpectedly difficult. What’s worse, after I completed each scene, writer’s block set in like a big ol’ case of constipation, slowing down the whole process.

The biggest problem was that I knew exactly where I wanted to go, but it was taking me a whole lot of words to get there. Every other episode I’ve written runs about 30 pages, which at approximately a minute a page, translates roughly to 30 minutes per episode. But this one kept running on and on, and I was driving myself crazy trying to figure out how I could get to the end while keeping it to 30 minutes. I was getting pretty discouraged with it, and worse, I couldn’t find the funny.

Then the weekend after Thanksgiving, Mike, Bruce and I were up at the cabin. We were all in various stages of either coming down with (Bruce), in the throes of (Mike) or recovering from (me) the flu, but I explained the problem I was having, and we all gamely sat down and did a read-through of what I had so far. I got laughs out of both of them, which was encouraging. Then Mike finally pointed out to me that it’s a podcast — there’s no set time limit, so why didn’t I just write it, stop worrying about the length, and if I need to, go back and cut out the chaff? That was exactly what I needed to hear to break the logjam.

I’ve been writing furiously since then, and last night, I was finally able to type #END#. It’s nearly 50 pages, and I don’t care, because it’s good. Mike still has a bad cough left over from his bout of the crud, and last night when I had him read it, he laughed so hard in places that he subjected himself to several horrendous coughing jags. I felt bad for him, but not really, because his not being able to breathe meant it was funny.

So, we’ll start recording after the holidays, in January. There are seven episodes total, running 224 pages total currently — several later episodes will actually be a bit longer than they are now, because I want to add some new scenes with characters who really hit me in the funny bone, like Doral and the Yoders. All told, I anticipate having 4 to 5 hours’ worth of podcast material when completed — that’s 2 or 3 full-length movies, wow!

Now, because you’ve been so patient and read this whole freakin’ thing, I’m finally gonna fulfill a promise I made several blog posts ago, and give you a sneak peak. Here are the titles and brief synopses for all the episodes in Season 1:

  • Episode 1 – Virgil Gets A Dog: We meet Virgil Slatter and Harmon Truesdale, proprietors of the Muckey Landing Market, Diner and Hardware Emporium. Virgil adopts Aloysius, the world’s ugliest dog. Local artist Myrtle Myrkle invites Harmon to dinner, and Police Chief Neville Chief shares conspiracy theories about the fire at the DuPlant chicken nugget plant.
  • Episode 2 – The Late, Late Harmon Truesdale: Virgil tries not to lose his temper about Harmon being late for work every morning, to disastrous effect. Salesman Dickie Butz stops in and sells Virgil some highly effective miniature spotlights from Japan.
  • Episode 3 – The One that Kicked My Ass — no, scratch that — The Swine Dinner: Harmon and Virgil head up to Bighead City for a free barbecue dinner and get a shock. We meet Muslim limo driver Ashley Hachache, stuffy maître d’ Frederick Tweed, his wife Rita, and plain old Rodney. Nuff said. (This one will run nearly an hour. I think it’s hilarious. Time will tell.)
  • Episode 4 – Harmon’s Dilemma: Newt Newberger interviews Myrtle about her upcoming art show. Virgil is shocked when Harmon shares the details of his relationship with Myrtle. Police Lieutenant Jenny Pilsner thinks Harmon is depressed, and chides Virgil for not being a better friend.
  • Episode 5 – Blindfolds, Please: Harmon explains that Myrtle never gave him the painting she’d promised him. Virgil figures out Myrtle’s plans and convinces Harmon they need to stop her. Mabel Sprout stops by with shocking news, forcing Virgil and Harmon to make plans of their own.
  • Episode 6 – Stranger Things In The Night: Virgil explains the law and his family tree to Harmon. Harmon has second thoughts and freaks out. There’s a fire at the Fuzzy Duck Gallery, and Police Lieutenant Jenny Pilsner shows up at an inopportune time.
  • Episode 7 – A Thong of Fire and Ice: Harmon and Virgil get into a fight. Jenny Pilsner and Virgil’s niece Bunny discuss the night’s events, and Bunny and Chief Cheefe consider theories involving Muslim terrorists and spontaneous combustion.

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